Authors at MBMG enjoy a fast-track preprints service

26 January 2023

Following its recent integration with ARPHA Preprints, Metabarcoding and Metagenomics (MBMG) is already providing submitting authors with the opportunity to make their pre-review manuscripts publicly available only a few days after submitting them to the journal.

From now on, while completing the regular submission form, authors in MBMG will be running into a question asking them whether they wish to post their manuscript as is on ARPHA Preprints: the preprint platform, which was launched back in 2020 by Pensoft as an add-on feature for all journals hosted on the scholarly publishing platform ARPHA.

If the submitting author opts to post the manuscript as a preprint, and approves the automatically generated document (alternatively, there is also an option to replace it with another PDF file), the preprint will be only one basic screening away from seeing the light of day.

This in-house check is performed by the journal’s editorial office and ensures that the manuscript complies with the journal’s scope, policies and requirements, and that it does not contain any offensive language, pseudoscience, plagiarism or other unethical content.

When posted, the preprint will be openly available and already benefiting from perks typical for published research papers, such as registration at Crossref and its own DOI to ensure scientific record and permanent availability; views and citation metrics; and social media promotion via the @ARPHAPreprints account on Twitter. The preprint will also be open to public as well as private comments, in order to encourage constructive feedback early on.

At first, the preprint will be marked as “Submitted to Metabarcoding and Metagenomics”, whereas its status will change to “Published in Metabarcoding and Metagenomics” once the manuscript is accepted and goes online in the journal. A link between the two publications will be then automatically established via Crossref, while the Citation tab on the preprint’s webpage will be updated with the details of the research article to encourage citations of the peer-reviewed version. In the event that the manuscript is rejected by MBMG, the preprint will be disassociated from the journal to prevent potential issues with future resubmission.

You can find more about the Benefits of posting a preprint on the platform’s website or visit ARPHA’s blog for more information about ARPHA Preprints.

Find illustrated step-by-step guidelines on how to post your preprint during manuscript submission to MBMG in the ARPHA Manual.

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